Dear Elementary School Parents/Guardians,

As you know, your child will be transitioning to the Middle School program at The Vanguard School for the upcoming 2021-22 school year! 

The transition to Middle School can be difficult for many students having new teachers and staff, along with more independence and different expectations. To support our students and make this transition as smooth and successful as possible, many supports have been put in place, including transition activities to help your child learn about the Middle School program and answer any questions they (or you) may have. 

The Middle School does have some differences from the Elementary School, including students changing classes about every 45 minutes and the additional class offerings of woodshop, transition planning, keyboarding and the Program of Adventure-Based Counseling Experiences (PACE). Like the Elementary School, the Middle School also offers math, reading, science, social studies, language arts, physical education, daily living skills, computers, music, library, health, art, social skills and the Work Orientation Readiness Center (WORC).  Additionally, continuing to work on increasing the students' awareness of their environment, working towards increasing independence, and improving self-advocacy skills are a significant focus of the Middle School program. 

Some activities that your child will be participating in over the next few weeks will include:
  • Q & A with Mrs. Smith (MS Program Supervisor) and MS Counselors & Virtual Tour on May 19, 2021

  • Bridging Ceremony - tentatively June 9, 2021 at 1:45 pm (format TBD)

I look forward to helping to create a school year that is exceptional in every way. With pride and passion, the Middle School staff will work with you, your child and community members to continue to deliver the unparalleled learning experience with which you have become accustomed from The Vanguard School. I am thrilled that your child will continue to be a part of our school community!
Please plan to join me for an informational Parent Night on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 6:30 pm (format TBD). More details will be sent at a later date.

I look forward to meeting you!


Sincerely,

Ashley H. Smith
Middle School Program Supervisor
asmith@vanguardschool-pa.org
610.296.6700 x266

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